CSUSB is committed to reducing our environmental impact by promoting sustainability in all aspects of campus life. One of the ways we go the extra mile for you is by promoting sustainable transportation among university employees and students through a range of exciting programs and incentives. Our programs make it more convenient and affordable for you to use eco-friendly modes of transportation such as vanpooling, carpooling, walking, biking, and public transportation.
From free bus passes to designated carpool parking spaces, students and employees have access to a variety of benefits that encourage us to reduce our carbon footprint. Through our alternative transportation programs, CSUSB is not only contributing to a greener planet but also creating a more healthy, equitable and vibrant community.
Transportation Program Incentives
- If you carpool, bicycle or walk, you may be eligible to receive $1.00/day incentive, distributed to your Coyote One card on a semester basis.
- Carpool Parking Permits - carpool parking permits are issued to employee and student carpool groups at no cost. These permits authorize parking in premium carpool spaces located on campus. Please note: A valid parking permit and carpool permit are both required for parking in a campus carpool space. Residence Hall residents are not eligible to receive a carpool permit.
- Employees who vanpool, carpool, bicycle or walk at least two days per week, are eligible for up to five (5) free daily parking permits per semester. Eligibility is determined by being in good standing with the sustainable transportation program and actively logging your commute in our Commuter Portal (a minimum of 8 eligible commutes logged for the previous month).
- A Guaranteed Ride Home service is offered to eligible employees, up to twice per year, who are active program participants in our vanpool program and have rideshared to work.
- Free Carpool matching services.
- Free bus passes on 3 separate bus lines: OmniTrans (including OmniAccess), Sunline Transit with the Commuter 10 Link between CSUSB and PDC, as well as VVTA with access to the 15 Commuter line to and from the High Desert.
- Subsidized electric vehicle charging program.
- New program participants also have the opportunity to earn additional incentives through our participating partners. Current program includes up to $5 per day, paid quarterly via gift card. Please see partner website for additional details: IE Commuter.
Contact Us and Join Today!
Transportation Program Guidelines
Transportation Services Program Summary
Are you tired of the same old commute to work? Sitting in traffic, burning fuel, and wasting precious time? It's time to shake things up and join the transportation revolution! By sharing your commute with others, you can save time and money while also doing your part for the environment.
Transportation Services has developed local programs that help you find sustainable transportation options like carpooling, vanpooling, electric vehicles, biking, walking, or taking public transportation. And the best part? You'll be rewarded for your participation! Not only will you save money on gas and maintenance, but you can earn incentives and rewards for being a part of the solution.
Imagine a stress-free commute where you can relax, socialize, and even get some work done while someone else does the driving. Or how about biking to work and arriving energized and ready to take on the day? With Transportation Services, the possibilities are endless.
So what are you waiting for? Let us help you find a better, more exciting way to commute. Join the transportation revolution today and start saving time, money, and the planet!
Faculty, staff and student employees, who arrive to campus, weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. twice a week or more, are eligible to participate. A sustainable mode of transportation must be used (i.e., carpool, vanpool, electric vehicle, mass transit, bicycle, walking or by rail).
Employees must be half time or more and in an appointment that exceeds six (6) months. Emergency hires are not eligible to participate. Participants must log a minimum of two (2) days per week using a sustainable mode of transportation to earn financial incentives for the month. Consideration will be given for holidays, campus closures and vacation. To qualify as a carpooler, the entire carpool group must be faculty, staff, or a student employed by CSUSB. The group must travel together between their residences and their worksites. Dropping children off at day care does not qualify.
Eligible participants must register for the Commuter Portal and log a minimum of two (2) days per week of an approved form of alternative transportation, to and from campus. Incentives will be effective on the first of the following month after registration.
- Student Assistants must register each semester and provide Transportation Services with:
- Completed Student Registration Form
- Current Work and class schedule
- Verification form signed by their current supervisor
- Coyote One Credits – If you carpool, vanpool, bicycle or walk to work, you may be eligible to receive a $1.00 incentive per participation day credited to your Coyote One card. Incentives are distributed on a semester basis. You must have logged all commute information in the Commuter Portal before the 5th day of each month or it will not be counted towards your incentives earned.
- Carpool Parking Permit - Carpool parking permits are issued at no cost. Permits may be requested online.
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – CSUSB offer level-2 electric vehicle charging stations. They are located in Lots C and N, as well as in each parking structure. For more information, please visit: Electric Vehicle Charging Information.
- Guaranteed Ride Home – Participants may be eligible for an emergency ride home twice per year. (See Guaranteed Ride Home guidelines below)
- Carpool Match List – Assistance in finding a carpool partner or joining a vanpool.
- Great Work Perks Membership - You are eligible to receive discounts for more than 2500 merchants.
CSUSB Parking and Transportation Services offers incentives to eligible state-employed faculty, staff, and student employees who are registered in the program. These incentives can be earned by recording sustainable modes of transportation on the monthly logs available on the Commuter Portal website. Incentives are distributed for the previous semester earned and are credited to participants' Coyote One cards.
To ensure the accuracy of recorded information, Transportation Services conducts random checks of monthly logs and may contact participants for further details if any information recorded is questionable. Additionally, a case-by-case review may be conducted for any suspicions of misuse.
As part of our commitment to creating a sustainable future, Transportation Services periodically evaluates the redemption of the financial incentive and may make changes to the program as necessary. Participants will be notified by email when incentives have been credited to their Coyote One cards.
Incentives are calculated at $1.00 per day of eligible participation, with the exception of non-commute days. Non-commute days include campus closure days, scheduled days off, sick days, vacation days, or drive-alone days and are not eligible for incentives.
Electric vehicle solo-drivers do not earn daily incentives; however, they can take advantage of our subsidized EV charging stations instead.
Coyote One card incentives are distributed at the end of each earning semester: January, April, July, and October.
FACULTY/STAFF CARPOOL PERMITS
Carpool Parking Permits are issued to state-employed faculty and staff carpool members by completing a Carpool Parking Permit application. The permit allows them to park in designated, premium carpool spaces but does not exempt permit holders from any other provisions of state law or the university parking policy. Permit holders must park in regular parking spaces when not carpooling.
All carpool permits must be visible alongside a valid CSUSB Parking Permit. Failure to properly display both permits, or abuse of carpool parking privileges, may result in the issuance of a parking citation and/or cancellation of participation in the program. Transportation Services are not responsible for any parking citations received while participating in the program. Participants must surrender their permit upon request.
STUDENT CARPOOL PERMITS
State employed student workers may obtain a Student Carpool semester hangtag permit by submitting a request online with the Student Carpool Form located under “Forms”. This permit allows holders to park in designated carpool spaces but does not exempt participants from any other provisions of state law or the university parking policy. Student carpoolers must request a new permit each semester and are required to provide the name and Coyote ID number of their carpool partner(s).
Carpool permit holders must park in regular parking spaces when not carpooling. All carpool permits must be visible alongside a valid CSUSB Parking Permit. Failure to properly display both permits, or abuse of carpool parking privileges, may result in the issuance of a parking citation and/or cancellation of participation in the program. Transportation Services are not responsible for any parking citations received while participating in the program. Participants must surrender their permit upon request.
BICYCLIST AND WALKERS
Eligible participants must enroll in the online Commuter Portal or complete a Transportation Registration Form and submit it to Transportation Services in UH-039. Participants who bicycle or walk to work at least twice per week are eligible to receive financial incentives. Bicycle racks are located throughout the campus (see campus map).
Participation in the vanpool program is voluntary. The vans are operated by CSUSB faculty and staff. In order to begin a new vanpool group, there must be a minimum of 5 people from the same area. The hours of the van are determined by general consensus of the vanpool passengers. Participation in the vanpool program provides the following incentives:
- $1.00 per participation day credited to your Coyote One card. Incentives are distributed on a semester basis.
- Complimentary parking up to five (5) days per semester. Either one of the Information kiosks will issue you a special permit for those days.
- Guaranteed Ride Home twice per year (See Guaranteed Ride Home guidelines below).
GUARANTEED RIDE HOME GUIDELINES (GRH)
Transportation Services offers a Guaranteed Ride Home program to state-employed staff and faculty participants who use vanpool. This program provides emergency transportation to CSUSB employees who are registered and in good standing with the sustainable transportation program and have used a CSUSB vanpool to get to work on the day of the request.
If you need a Guaranteed Ride Home, contact Transportation Services to request a ride. Please note that this program is only for emergencies and does not include personal errands, scheduled appointments, business-related travel, or planned overtime. Participants are entitled to two guaranteed rides home per calendar year and will be dropped off at either their home or the park-and-ride where their vehicle is located.
Transportation Services aims to provide emergency transportation within 30 minutes of the initial request whenever possible, but we cannot guarantee a time frame. To request a guaranteed ride home, please contact Transportation Services at 909-537-7433 before 4 p.m. on the day of the request and complete a Guaranteed Ride Home Request form provided by Transportation Services.
Emergencies are defined as:
- An employee becomes ill or sustains a minor injury while at work.
- A member of the employee’s family becomes ill or injured while the employee is at work.
- The employee is required by his/her supervisor to work past regular scheduled shift and did not receive prior notification.
Transportation may be provided by Parking and Transportation Services staff in official university vehicles or via a third party, such as a taxi or Uber for Business. All transportation arrangements are at the discretion of Parking and Transportation Services.
Monthly logs are managed through the online Commuter Portal. Logs must be completed and submitted online no later than 11:59pm, on the 5th day of the month or incentives will be denied for that month. If logs are not submitted for two consecutive months, you may be disenrolled from the program.